right to work


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right to work

1. noun The right of anyone who wants to work to not be prevented from obtaining employment. They can't block you from applying for that job—you have the same right to work as anyone else!
2. adjective Relating to laws that prohibit employers from requiring their employees to join a union. Often hyphenated. Primarily heard in US. They can't bully you into joining a union—that's what right-to-work laws are for.
See also: right, work
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The case highlights the difficulties employers have in balancing the obligations to provide right to work documentation against the impact of dismissing an employee who cannot provide such documentation.
"There are simple checks employers can carry out to ensure their employees have the right to work in the UK.
"Oleg Spivak is not a policeman, therefore he does not have any right to work at Skolkovo."
This volume contains 17 essays by law and philosophy scholars from Europe, Australia, the US, Israel, Canada, and Asia, who consider the human right to work from the perspectives of law and philosophy.
According to the Centre for Media Democracy's PR Watch, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, which has mounted the case, was founded 60 years ago and "has been a national leader in the effort to destroy public and private unions".
Checks revealed two men from Bangladesh - both aged 25 - had no right to work in the UK.
Right to work and rural India; working of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).
"What they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money."
The proposal would apply to the 17.5 per cent of Michigan workers who hold jobs at unionized companies, giving them the right to work in those companies without joining the union or being forced to pay dues.
Several sacked employees have joined forces with The Right to Work Campaign and will attend a meeting to discuss battle plans tomorrow evening.
The concept of the right to work is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was drafted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.
The immigration status of staff was checked and seven men from Bangladesh were found to have no right to work in the UK.
Furthermore, the nonchalance with which union bosses like Lewis paralyzed the economy by calling employees out on strike in 1946 hardened public support for the right to work as opposed to compulsory unionism.
Employer's Federation OEV has condemned the action, with assistant director general Michalis Antoniou yesterday pointing out that: "EU workers have every right to work here just as Cypriots also have full rights to work anywhere in the other 26 EU member states."
RIGHT to Work protesters have been banned from marching past the Conservative Party conference at Birmingham's International Convention Centre because of security fears.